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By ANTHONY SHINGLER | Senior Staff Writer
While most enjoyed the traditional festivities Thanksgiving offered, the hardwood Govs had other plans on their plates over the holidays: competing in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
The Govs (3-4) played No. 8 Purdue, Charleston Southern and finished with Oakland.
No. 8 Purdue 87 Govs 65
Granted, the task was large, but the Govs would not go away. Coming out of the first media timeout, the Govs would take their first lead 9-8 jumper from John Fraley. Purdue went back down the next possession to retake the lead 11-9 on a three-pointer by Ryne Smith. APSU then retook the lead on a Tyshwan Edmondson jumper 13-11. From that point, the Govs would only lead one more time and were down 38-30 at halftime.
Purdue opened the second half with a 3-pointer by JaJuan Johnson and that was the statement that would sum up the second half. Johnson led all scorers with 21 points, while E’Twaun Moore had 17 points and Smith had 11.
For the Govs, Edmondson led the way with 16 points, while Fraley had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Govs were without starting Guard Josh Terry due to an injury.
Govs 70 Charleston Southern 64
Led by Anthony Campbell’s break out performance of 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, the Govs were able to stop a three game losing streak. Coming out of half with a 37-26 lead, the Govs continued to march towards victory.
A defensive lapse allowed Charleston Southern to go on a 13-3 run to cut the score to 64-60 with 3:39 remaining on a layup from Kelvin Martin, but the Govs would make 4-of-6 from the free throw line to close out the game.
Edmondson added 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting while grabbing five steals and grabbing six boards and Fraley contributed 13 points and snatched eight boards. The Govs were 11-of-21 from the field (52.4 percent) and 2-of-4 from 3-point range.
Oakland 78 Govs 70 OT
With the Govs leading 66-63 with 14 ticks remaining, thanks to two free throws from Edmonson, the game looked in the bag. But Oakland’s Reggie Hamilton got a good look and banked in a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining pushed the game into overtime. The Govs could not stop the Oakland attack in the paint due to John Fraley and Melvin Baker, both fouling out in the second half. In the extra period the Govs would lead only one time 67-66 with 4:36 left on the first free throw from Will Triggs.
Oakland was led by Keith Benson’s 22 points and 22 rebounds. Will Hudson had 21 points and Reggie Hamilton added 20 points.
The Govs were led by Edmondson’s 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting. Campbell added 13 points and Melvin Baker chipped in 10 points.
The Govs will travel on the road to face the Southeast Missouri in the Ohio Valley Conference opening week. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2. TAS